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Furneval and Co

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of Haslingden, Lancashire

1851 'TREAT TO WORKMAN.- Yesterday evening week, fifty workmen in the employ of Messrs. Furneval and Bradbury, ironfounders, Haslingden, sat down to a sumptuous supper, which was served up in first-rate style, at the house of Mrs. Rowbottom, Grey Mare Inn, Haslingden, in consequence of the appointment of a new foreman, and footings in the above establishment.....'[1]

1870s? Horizontal pusher engine added to existing beam engine at Clowes Mill, Rawtenstall. Cylinder 15.25" x 4ft 6" [2]

1878 Horizontal tandem engine for Judge Walmsley Mill, Whalley. Cylinders 18" and 34.5" x 5ft 6". 60 rpm. Originally the HP cylinder bore was 24", but this was reduced to 18" when the boiler pressure was increased from 120 to 160 psi in 1934.[3]

1879 Made a horizontal steam engine for Clough Mill, Barnoldswick. Replaced by a smaller engine in 1900[4]

1892 'Explosion at an Iron Foundry.— Last night the moulders employed at Messrs. Furneval's Foundry, Haslingden, were casting a large iron pan, 7ft. in diameter and over 6ft. deep, when the mould suddenly exploded. James Tayler and Edwin Hamer were terribly burnt by the molten metal, and were taken home in a critical condition. Four others sustained less serious injuries.'[5]

1895 250 HP horizontal cross-compound engine with 17" and 30" cylinders, for Britannia Mill, Haslingden, this engine being one of the last produced by Furneval and Co.[6]

1896 Turneval[sic] and Co., of Union Foundry, Haslingden, has put in a new cylinder to the engine at the mill of the Hargeaves-street Manufacturing Co., and on Tuesday afternoon the engine was christened "Progress" by Mrs. Mark Berry, wife of one of the auditors.'[7]

1904 Whittaker (late Furneval) of Haslingden received the contract for the 400 HP engine for the proposed C.W.S. mill at Haslingden. [8]

1911 'Death of Mr. C. G. R. Ashworth.
Haslingden has lost a most highly respected resident by the death, about half-past two on Monday morning, of Mr. Christopher George Rothwell Ashworth, of Bailey's-terrace, Blackburn-road. The deceased gentleman wan 74 years of age. He belonged to an old Waterfoot family, and was cousin to the late Mr. Richard Ashworth. of Singhills. Formerly he was a fitter with the firm of John Marsland, ironfounders, of Waterfoot. About thirty years ago he came to Haslingden as a fitter for the firm of Furneval and Co., Union Foundry, Haslingden, and about ten years later he became foreman, which position ho retained up to his retirement about four years ago. Om the death of the late Mr. John Furneval, in 1887, be was executor under the will of Mr. Furneval. The will gave power for the continuance of the under the trust for ten years, and the firm was so run with Mr. Ashworth as executor. At the expiration of the term the firm was taken over by Messrs. C. Whittaker, of Accrington, who now run it. ...... Mr. Ashworth was twice married. He is sursived by his widow and three sons and four daughters. The sons are Mr. Alfred Ashworth, mathematical instructor at Arndale, Northampton; Mr. William Ashworth, who is book-keeper at Hargreaves-street Mill, Haslingden; and a son who is with a of mathematical instrument makers in London. The daughters are Mrs. Thomas Isherwood, of Blackburn, who married a son of the late Mr. James Isherwood and sister of Mr. Robt. Isherwood. of Haslingden; Mrs Thos. Hallam, of Blackburn; Mrs. Bailey, wife of Councillor A. Bailey, of Haslingden; and Mrs. Schofield, wife of Mr. W. M. Schofield, hairdresser, of Bury, formerly of Haslingden. ....'[9]

1914 'Mr. John Wilcock, of Blackburn-road, Haslingden, early on Tuesday morning. ... His father died in 1853, and in the following year Mr. Wilcock, at the age of 14, left school and went to the foundry. A short time before Union Foundry had been worked by Furneval and Bradbury, but at that time it was worked by James Furneval, father of the late James Furneval. Up to then there had been no drawing office at the foundry. Mr. Wilcock went as an apprentice pattern-maker. Mr. John Furneval had, however, learned something of drawing, and he took Mr. Wilcock in in the office with him, with the result that later Mr. Wilcock became the first draughtsman at the place. Mr. Wilcock studied drawing at the. Mechanics' Institute, when it met in George-street, the teachers being Mr. William Black, now of Darwin, Mr. John Furneval, and Mr. Gunn. The last-named had day classes in drawing. Mr. Wilcock was of the collectors for the building of the Institute, now a Free Library. As a result of his studies, Mr. Wilcock progressed in his work. When in 1887 Mr. John Furneval died, he left a provision in his will that the foundry should he carried on for ten years after his death. The late Mr. Christopher Ashworth and Mr. Wilcock had the management, Mr. Wilcock devoting to the taking of orders and to organisation, Mr. Ashworth to seeing the work carried on through the shop. Mr. Wilcock's brother, the late Mr. James Wilcook was cashier. When in 1897 the ten years expired, the foundry was purchased by the well-known firm of C. Whittaker and Co., Ltd., of Accrington, Mr. Wilcock continued his management under them, and he retained this position until July of this year, when he retired after completing sixty-years' service at the foundry.'[10]

Sources of Information

  1. Preston Chronicle, 9 August 1851
  2. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Vol 3.2: Lancashire', by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing, 1993, Plate 78
  3. 'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Vol 3.2: Lancashire', by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing, 1993, Plate 143
  4. ’The Textile Mills of Pendle and their Steam Engines’ by Geoff Shackleton, Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2006
  5. Morning Post - Saturday 17 September 1892
  6. [1] British Listed Buildings website, Britannia Mill, Haslingden
  7. Preston Herald - Saturday 29 August 1896
  8. Haslingden Gazette - Saturday 13 February 1904
  9. Haslingden Gazette, 4 February 1911
  10. Haslingden Gazette - Saturday 26 September 1914